The House of Lords has granted leave for the Empress Car Company (Abertillery) to challenge the High Court's refusal of its appeal against conviction at Tredegar Magistrates Court in 1995 of causing river pollution. Among the questions to be considered by the Law Lords will be whether, under s.85 (1) of the Water Resources Act 1991, a person can be convicted of causing polluting matter to enter controlled waters if it is proved that the polluting material was securely contained. The Welsh company was prosecuted by the National Rivers Authority over a pollution incident involving diesel oil.
A growing awareness in the corporate sector of the value of in-house solicitors has seen 29 per cent of companies increase the size of their legal departments in the past 12 months. A survey of more than 300 in-house legal departments by recruitment advisers Taylor Root shows a significant jump in the available positions, with […]